WOMAN, Inc.’s Rapid Re-housing program uses HUD Continuum of Care grant funds to house women with dependent children escaping domestic violence (DV). HUD awarded funds under the Continuum of Care Program for rental assistance and supportive services.
This program is unique for this coastal area: it is the sole effort targeting DV victims that combines long-term housing and supportive services. Galveston County reported 30 ES beds for DV victims but no rapid re-housing. All of our clients who enter our program are literally homeless, referred from emergency DV shelters.
From WOMAN, Inc. and our partners, clients receive rental assistance; housing counseling and search; case management; and enrollment in mainstream benefits. Households may voluntarily participate in the following services: counseling, budgeting and parenting classes; child care; education; employment assistance; life skills training; substance abuse and mental health treatment; health care; food; transportation and legal services. Project services begin with assessment to determine the type and frequency of service provision and factors that threaten stability. Re-housing and case management begin immediately after enrollment and follow the “housing first” model, under which households from DV shelters will move quickly and directly into housing units. WOMAN, Inc. coordinates services through relationships with community partners. We are active in the local homeless coalition and host the PIT count.
|Ruby Jones (713) 417-4864